While customers in a Washington, D.C. restaurant watched, cheered and filmed, drag performer Heidi Glüm sustained multiple injuries during a violent and bloody attack on June 22 which the victim described as “really petty drunk girl nonsense that escalated into insanity.”
Glüm, whose real name is Miles DeNiro, told Queerty that female patrons of Manny & Olgas, a popular D.C. pizzeria, approached him and made derogatory comments about his makeup and shoes.
“The Latino girl was touching my face telling me I needed to blend my makeup while her African-American friend was trying to bully me for wearing Christian Louboutin heels.”
The victim said he has ”three large bumps and a huge gash” on his head, as well several cuts on his arms. He also noted that he’s suffered hair loss, which continues “to come out in clumps when I touch it.”
Queerty watched the video on YouTube before it was taken down and replaced with the message “This video has been removed as a violation of YouTube’s policy on shocking and disgusting content.” It’s indeed filled with disturbing images and sounds. At the :31 mark in the video, someone can clearly be heard saying “beat her ass” though it’s unknown to whom the order is directed. And after it’s over DeNiro is obviously reeling from pain with blood streaming down his face.
Where was the restaurant staff during the melee? DeNiro told Queerty they remained behind the counter working and ignored the fight. In the video one employee appeared to push his way past the throng of onlookers to carry on with his delivery duties. Equally disturbing is the glee with which the restaurants patrons watched and even encouraged the fight. Some pulled out smart phones to film the fracas and one repeatedly yells “World Star,” a hip-hop-oriented website to which he uploaded the video with the pejorative “tranny” used in the title, rather than trying to break it up. DeNiro said he believes the two men who actually tried to stop the fight rushed in from outside the restaurant.
DeNiro said he didn’t file a police report immediately after the altercation and that he had been ”waiting for a video to surface to help support my case. I saw a multitude of phones capturing it while I was being attacked, and only found the video a few hours ago.” He did, however, comment on the fight on his Twitter account with the following tweets:
Excuse me for pointing out the obvious but what is a “DRAG Performer ” doing in a bar and grill dressed as a female ? I mean Drag is a performance art and as such he should have left it on the stage and not ventured out dressed as what he isn’t a women. I’m not saying that the two perpetrators where right to pick a fight or to beat up this guy but cis people have opinions and it’s obvious from watching the video that the main complaint of these two women was ” thats a man ! ” It is in my view just another case of someone trying to break societies gender boundaries and being confronted by two women who felt threaten by this.
It also came to my attention that despite what Miles DeNiro said he in fact did fight back and thus I feel sure this is why he’s not pressing charges as he knows he could be charged as well. He can clearly be seen throwing punches and at one point he’s on top on the black girl punching her in the face before the latin girl drag him off by his hair. I think fighting back was justified it’s a clear case of a man hitting a women which in our society is a big NO NO !!
So the lesson to be learned here is if your a man who likes to dress as a women remember you do so at your own risk as there are those who will respond violently even if thats wrong…so boys leave the frock at home.
@NotStr8Acting: Well just to set you straight 1) I’m not black 2) I’m not straight and 3) What I said was is that a drag performer should leave the drag on the stage and not wear it all over town, because then it’s NO Longer drag or art at that point it becomes cross dressing and some people are threaten by that. Knowing that if you choose to do it anyway then hey your taking your chances the same as a non-op trans women does when they flirt with an obviously straight man. Straight men have No interest in a Non-op trans person who has a penis.
I never said anyone desired to be beaten or hurt so don’t even go there. Likewise i’m sure your a real tuff guy and if someone attacks you you’ll kill them or something. Afterwards you’ll be someone bitch in prison for the rest of your life…good luck with that.
Why should Heidi have to leave her persona onstage?
A: Uh that should be obvious to so you don’t get you ass beat or worse get killed. Is dressing in a frock really worth taking a beat down ?
So, what, the world must bow down to cis people’s opinions about everything ?
A: They shouldn’t not on everything but it’s important to remember that the cis people out number us by like several billion
I call BS, especially in America, “land of the free”
A: You think your “FREE” then try walking in to a deli and urinating on the Cheese.
Sorry Kitty Gurl, your Woe as me nonsense might work on some these readers out in cyberspace but we both know your full of it, 1st) Until February this year I lived around the corner from Manny and Olga’s for 6 years and the only black and Latino people I’ve seen there were me and mixed raced Latino cousin and he’s 1/3 white. That place is packed with white college age males with their dates and surrounded by several gay owned and run business. B) DC’s population is about 42 white, 45 black and 13 Asian/Hispanic there is no more hoods or ghetto’s and white folks have no problem George Zimmermaning a black or brown person. You were out with your boy’s, you shot off your mouth because you were with your kind and got your ass whipped and was probably told my one of those big beefy white boys in that place if you touch a girl they would touch you (and not in a good way). Trust me people GLOV (the openly gay cops) are around the corner ….You played pussy and You got fucked!
…..P.S. the only Church’s nearby are Gay, nice try….that area is West Hollywood meets College Station. I have friends like her, she’s loud, she starts a fight, she’s on her own.
@sweetbrandigirl2004: It’s in the middle of gay town and it’s a sub shop. The Drag is next door. It’s full of Drag Queens and drunk college kids. It’s no gay ghetto I lived there rent 2500-5000 a month. She talked shit and got her ass whipped and she chose to bring up race. That area is as white as Utah. See comment 84& 85
-@NativeNYC: She’s in gay in an area as white was Utah, read 84-87. I call bullshit.
I think some of you need to read the Washington Blade Mr. Denaro is being charged with a felony, and the so-attackers filed charges against him……no woman of color drives 25 miles away from home to a gay bar in a really gay white neighborhood to attack a drag queen, she doesn’t know from a hole in the ground…..IN DC, it’s not going to happen.